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Bank guard to face court for killing man in ‘self-defence’

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Police are set to send a security guard to court for allegedly shooting a man dead in Teuk Thla commune of Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on April 6. Police

Bank guard to face court for killing man in ‘self-defence’

Police are set to send a security guard to court for allegedly shooting a man dead in Teuk Thla commune of Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on April 6.

District police chief Hour Meng Vang identified the suspect as Virak, a 36-year-old security guard at a bank in the commune.

Meng Vang said that before the incident, the deceased was having a fight with another man, who then ran to Virak for help after being threatened with a knife. The knife-wielding man gave chase, at which point Virak pointed his gun at him as a deterrent. The man, however, did not stop and instead moved towards Virak, prompting Virak to shoot him.

«While he ran towards Virak with a knife in his hand, Virak fired three shots ... killing him instantly,» he said, adding Virak did not flee the scene and gave himself up to police.

During questioning, Virak said he shot the man in self-defence.

A police officer who asked not to be named told The Post: «According to what was seen on the CCTV camera, the man who was shot dead caused the incident, leading to the fatal shooting.»

Meng Vang said even if Virak claimed to have shot the man in self-defence, he would still have to be sent to court for further legal procedures.

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